Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship
Optical Society of America/International Society of Optical Engineering
Term: September 2005- August 2006
Number of Finalists: 6
Jamie Link graduated with a BA in chemistry from Princeton University in 2000. She then entered the doctoral program in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego to pursue research in the field of chemical and biological sensing. While at UCSD, she served for three years as a graduate fellow with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.
As a graduate fellow, Jamie worked as part of a team to develop and implement new sensing technologies with homeland security applications. In this role, she had the opportunity to communicate her research to industrial scientists, community leaders, and the public through a variety of regional workshops and media briefings. She has spoken at both national and international conferences and spent several months at the Friedrich Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany as a guest research scientist.
Her interest in the implementation of technology within society also prompted Jamie to volunteer on a project in Baja California aimed at making improvements to local industrial waste treatment practices. She returned from this trip with a strong desire to apply her scientific knowledge and technological skills to broader social issues. In 2004, she completed the Public Policy and Biological Threats training program sponsored by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and is currently active in several campus programs to promote education in the areas of science and science policy.
Jamie is excited about the opportunity to represent OSA and SPIE as a Congressional fellow and is looking forward to learning firsthand about the role of science in the federal policy-making process.